In general, it’s safe to get manicures or pedicures at a spa or nail salon if you have diabetes that’s well-controlled, says Fred Williams, MD.
Just so, can Type 2 diabetics get pedicures?
Diabetics are at risk of foot ulcers and even possible amputation. Taking excellent care of your feet is crucial. Diabetes Forecast says you can get a pedicure at a nail salon as long as you don’t have an infection cut ulcer or neuropathy — but urges you to use caution and good judgment.
Moreover, how do diabetics cut their toenails?
Cut toenails after bathing, when they are soft. Trim them straight across, then smooth with a nail file. Avoid cutting into the corners of toes. Don’t let the corners of your toenails grow into the skin.
Why can’t diabetics use foot massagers?
Peripheral neuropathy, numbness, tingling and/or pain in the lower extremities can complicate your diabetes treatments. In addition, poor circulation can lead to diabetic leg sores, swelling and difficulty healing of any open skin area.
Although a nice, rounded cut is often preferred over a square clipping, diabetics must be careful making curved clips. Cutting too far into the corners of your toenails can lead to the formation of ingrown nails, oftentimes leading to an infection.
Medicare doesn’t normally cover nail clipping or any kind of routine foot care. … You have a condition related to your diabetes affecting your feet that would make it unsafe for anyone except a podiatrist or other health professional to clip your nails.
Hot tub use can increase your blood flow, so more nutrient-rich blood reaches your muscles. This may reduce blood glucose levels in some people with diabetes. However, there are risks. Excessive heat can cause your heart to beat faster, which is risky if you have an underlying heart problem.
Bring glucose tablets, juice, or your usual hypoglycemia treatment to your massage sessions. By taking these precautions, massage can be safely enjoyed by a person with diabetes. During a massage session, your therapist is likely to ask how you’re feeling.
Diabetes: Tips for Regular Foot Care
Do not soak feet, or you’ll risk infection if the skin begins to break down. And if you have nerve damage, take care with water temperature. You risk burning your skin if you can‘t feel that the water is too hot.
Taking good care of your feet can help lower your risk of foot damage. Although some people soak their feet in Epsom salt baths, this home remedy isn’t recommended for people with diabetes. Soaking your feet may raise your risk of foot problems. Talk to your doctor before soaking your feet in Epsom salts.
Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t have a tattoo, but before deciding to have one done you must be well and ensure that your diabetes is well controlled. High blood sugar levels, for example, can complicate the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
The first toenail change you’ll notice in diabetic patients is likely to be discoloration. Most have some yellowing of the nails, though the shade and involvement can vary. Discoloring may start at the distal edge (tip), and run all the way to the root of the nail bed.
Myth: People with diabetes can’t cut their own toenails
Not true: the general advice on toenail cutting applies to everyone. If you have diabetes you should keep your nails healthy by cutting them to the shape of the end of your toes. Don’t cut them straight across, curved down the sides, or too short.
Signs of Diabetic Foot Problems
- Changes in skin color.
- Changes in skin temperature.
- Swelling in the foot or ankle.
- Pain in the legs.
- Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal or are draining.
- Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus.
- Corns or calluses.
- Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel.